Program Model / Completion Requirements
Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)
The PCP certification is the foundation of your career in payroll. It provides you with the compliance knowledge required to process an organization's annual payroll cycle, effectively communicate payroll information to all stakeholders, and understand the accounting function as it relates to payroll.
PCP Required Courses:
- Payroll Compliance Legislation CPAY455
- Payroll Fundamentals I CPAY460
- Introduction to Financial Accounting ACCT1115
- Payroll Fundamentals II CPAY465
PCP - Payroll Experience Requirement:
Individuals who wish to obtain the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification must have at least one (1) year of weighted payroll experience obtained within five (5) years before or five (5) years after the start of the Payroll Compliance Legislation course. The weighted payroll experience must be equivalent to one year of experience paying employees accurately and on time, in compliance with legislative requirements, contributing to the full annual payroll cycle.
Students will be eligible to submit the PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) after completing the PCP payroll courses and transferring the Introduction to Accounting course credit into their CPA files. The WERA must be approved by the CPA before submitting the Certification Declaration.
Certified Payroll Manager (CPM)
This certification builds on the PCP compliance knowledge preparing seasoned professionals to manage a payroll department. It provides you with the knowledge to make decisions, supervise and manage, and contribute a payroll perspective to organizational policy and strategy discussions. Prior to enrolling in the CPM program, students must have achieved the PCP certification, and must submit the Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (see below) and receive approval from the CPA. These prerequisites ensure students have the knowledge and practical payroll experience required to be successful in a payroll management program.
Effective January 1, 2017, the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is implementing a five-year timeline for all Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) students to complete the requirements of the CPM certification, including Declaration. This timeline, similar to other professional associations, will increase the value of the CPM certification by ensuring the recency of education requirements.
CPM Required Courses:
- Introduction to Payroll Management CPAY470 *(prerequisites: PCP & Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA)
- Organizational Behaviour ORGB1135 **
- Managerial Accounting ACCT1117
- Applied Payroll Management CPAY475
- Compensation Management HRMT3328 **
CPM - Payroll Experience Prerequisite Application (PEPA):
Students who wish to enroll in the CPM program must meet a payroll experience prerequisite to register. To satisfy this prerequisite, the student must have at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization's payroll function, which includes being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees' pay and all government statutory remittances, or equivalent experience, obtained in the past five years. The PEPA is found on the CPA's website, www.payroll.ca, under Certification. Students must submit the PEPA and receive approval from the CPA prior to enrolling in Introduction to Payroll Management.
**There is a pre-requisite for HRMT3328 and ORGB1135 which is waived for payroll students. Please contact Debbie Homeniek to determine if you are eligible to waive the pre-requisite.
Debbie Homeniek, firstname.lastname@example.org 780-471-8726
The PCP and CPM certification is granted by the Canadian Payroll Association upon successful completion of the required courses and fulfilment of the necessary payroll experience.
The passing grade for all courses in the CPA program is a minimum 65%. This includes non-payroll courses ACCT1115, ACCT1117, ORGB1135 and HRMT3328.
Classes are delivered face to face in the classroom. Students have access to online materials with direction from their instructor for both in class and home study.
All courses are available part time. The courses for the PCP program have been built into a full time program that will be offered twice a year.
Printed material will be shipped by CPA directly to the registered student, at the address the student indicated on the registration form, within 10 business days of the start date of the course. An email with the tracking number of the shipment will be sent directly to the student. Access codes will be emailed directly to the student one business day prior to the scheduled course start date. Once the student has received the access code they will have immediate online access to course material in PDF format. Registration less than 10 business days of the course start date, access codes will be emailed directly to the student and course material will be ordered. The printed course material will be shipped directly to the student within 5-7 days of the order date. An email with the tracking number of the shipment will be sent directly to the student.
Students must register with the CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) and pay separate fees (Membership fee, if necessary, and a course fee) for CPAY455, CPAY460, CPAY465, CPAY470, and CPAY475.
To register with the CPA, visit the CPA website at www.payroll.ca.
Strongly recommended registrants have the equivalent of Math 10A or 10P and English 10-1 or 10-2. Alternative ways to demonstrate English proficiency are:
- Minimum of 73% on all four sections of NAIT's ESL Assessment Exam
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 5.0
- University of Alberta ESL 140/145 successful completion
|Payroll Professional Full-time Program|
|CPAY500||Payroll Professional Program|
|Payroll Compliance Practitioner Part-time Courses|
|CPAY455||Payroll Compliance Legislation|
|CPAY460||Payroll Fundamentals I|
|ACCT1115||Introductory Financial Accounting|
|CPAY465||Payroll Fundamentals II|
|Certified Payroll Manager Part-time Courses|
|CPAY470||Introduction to Payroll Management|
|CPAY475||Applied Payroll Management|
|ACCT1117||Introductory Accounting II|